Oct 6, 2009

Three men killed 55 people in Juarez, Mexico


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Hired guns said they killed 55 people in Juarez, Mexico

Three suspects in custody confessed to killing 55 people between them for the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel in Juarez, Mexico, army officials said.

There were identified as Pedro Eduardo "Medio" Martinez Gordillo, 18, Sergio Daniel "32" Martinez Segura, 22, and Rodolfo "31" Sierra Archuleta, 23.

Martinez and Martinez told officials they killed 34 people in the Cuauhtemoc police district, and Sierra said he killed 21 people in the same Juarez police district.

Members of Joint Operation Chihuahua captured the suspects while responding to separate incidents on Oct. 8 and 9, the army said in a statement.

Officials said the suspects said they killed rivals of the Carrillo Fuentes cartel who belong to the Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman cartel, to a group called "Gente Nueva" (new people), and members of the Mexicles and Artistas Asesinos gangs.

The suspects said they operate in cell structures, and carried out for the cartel numerous , carjackings, auto thefts and extortions of bars, massage parlors, restaurants, funeral homes and repair shops, officials said. They also placed banners with threats in various public places.

Authorities seized serveral weapons and suspected stolen vehicles from the suspects.

Special report by the Telegraph of London


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